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So for a while I've been giving you guys a little taste of what's to come from the newest PPP Michigan Governor's race.  PPP indicated that Governor Rick "Right To Work" Snyder's (R) approval is now in the tank and that he trails all Democratic challengers (and I will show those results) but the State GOP legislators are even more unpopular than Snyder after passing the "right to work" bill:

The Republicans in the legislature are even more unpopular than Snyder after their spate of last minute legislation.

Only 31% of voters have a favorable opinion of them to 58% with an unfavorable one. Democrats lead the generic legislative ballot in the state by an amazing 56/32 margin, one of the most lopsided generic ballots we've ever seen in any state. - PPP, 12/18/12

It makes perfect sense why the state GOP legislators are even more unpopular because not only do they want to bust up unions, they've also lost their minds:

Early yesterday morning, just hours before the horrific mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Republican-led Michigan legislature passed S.B. 59, a bill that would allow concealed weapons in public schools, churches, and day care centers. - Eclectablog, 12/15/12
This is good news for Democrats because not only is Snyder now toxic, he's taking the whole state GOP with him.  That's good because though winning the Governor's race is important, it's even more important to have a Democratic majority at the state level.  Now, I know we are all eager to get rid of these union busting Republicans but it's better to keep hitting them hard now and wait until 2014 rather than try for any recalls like we did in Wisconsin:
One thing Democrats should probably skip is a Snyder recall attempt. Only 44% of voters say they would vote to recall him, while 48% are opposed to it. If that's where the numbers are at the height of the anger toward Snyder it's likely a nonstarter. - PPP, 12/18/12
Now here are some details about how bad Snyder's approval has taken after signing the "right to work" legislation:
We now find Snyder as one of the most unpopular Governors in the country. Only 38% of voters approve of him to 56% who disapprove. There are only 2 other sitting Governors we've polled on who have a worse net approval rating than Snyder's -18. He's dropped a net 28 points from our last poll on him, the weekend before the election, when he was at a +10 spread (47/37).

There's not much doubt that it's the right to work law and his embrace of other actions by the Republican legislature that are driving this precipitous drop in Snyder's popularity. Only 41% of voters in the state support the right to work legislation, while 51% are opposed to it. If voters got to decide the issue directly only 40% of them say they would vote to keep the law enacted, while 49% would vote to overturn it. This comes on the heels of voters overturning Snyder's signature emergency managers law last month. The simple reality is that Michigan voters like unions- 52% have a favorable opinion of them to only 33% with a negative one. - PPP, 12/18/12

And even better news is even with a higher name recognition, Snyder trails all potential Democratic candidates:
Snyder trails every Democrat we tested against him in a hypothetical match up. He's down 49/38 to 2010 opponent Virg Bernero, 47/39 to Congressman Gary Peters, 46/38 to State Senator Gretchen Whitmer, and 44/39 to former Congressman Mark Schauer. The Bernero numbers are what's most striking there. Snyder defeated Bernero by 18 points in 2010, so Bernero's 11 point advantage represents a 29 point reversal. The Democrats all lead Snyder despite having very little name recognition- only 44% of voters are familiar with Bernero, 36% with Peters, 28% with Schauer, and 27% with Whitmer. - PPP, 12/18/12
We not only need Democrats in the Governor's mansion, we need to give Democratic governors majorities in the state house and these new numbers show we can make that happen.  If you plan on making a New Years resolution how about proposing to get heavily involved with the Michigan Democratic party?

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:30 AM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Michigan, My Michigan.

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